The content is as similar as the title to Lace Kendall's recent Masters of Magic (p. 12, J-12). With somewhat less emphasis here on the historical development of magic, the eight short biographies included all deal with those who performed during the ""golden era of modern magic,"" which is set at around 1840 to 1940. Among them are Robert-Houdin, Anderson, Herrmann, Kellar, Chung Ling Soo, Thurston, Houdini, and Raymond. Their special tricks and routines and their most notable performances are described here in much greater detail than in the Kendall book. However, Masters of Magic offered a more personal, cohesive portrayal and is the more readable book will include 62 photos and reproductions.